Guide to Green Bay Packers training camp
Players report to training camp Wednesday. The first practice will be 8:15 a.m. Thursday. The final practice open to the public will be 11:45 a.m. Aug. 29.
Players again will be housed on the St. Norbert campus in De Pere for about four weeks. Players generally will eat breakfast, lunch and dinner in the team dining room at Lambeau Field, but select meals and snacks also will be served at St. Norbert.
WHERE TO WATCH
In good weather, the Packers will practice on Ray Nitschke Field, which was dedicated in 2009. Admission to practice is free. Spectators are allowed to bring in small bags and coolers (no alcohol). Small stadium seats are permitted. Alcohol and smoking are prohibited, as are video recording devices and still cameras with lenses longer than 12 inches.
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A mini-stadium with a brick façade, Nitschke Field contains two north-south fields: one is a regulation 100 yards and the other, which measures 70 yards, has an underground heating system identical to Lambeau Field. The Packers use the heated field late in the year to practice outside.
Five rows of permanent metal bleachers raised 6 feet off the field can accommodate about 1,500 fans. There also are standing-room areas at the north and south ends. The seats have been virtually filled at the start of many practices each of the last six summers, but after the first hour or so the crowd dissipated, leaving plenty of opportunities for fans to sit. Gates will open 90 minutes before the start of practice and close 30 minutes after it ends.
In case of rain or wet grounds, the Packers will practice in the adjacent Don Hutson Center. Because of limited space, fans aren't able to attend.
Tuesday, Aug. 29, is the last day for fans to attend practice. Canvas then will be drawn around the fields so the Packers can practice in privacy to prepare for the regular season. The NFL allows scouts from other teams to attend training-camp practices if admission is charged. Free practices are off-limits to opposing scouts.
Parking for practice is available in the Lambeau Field lot, where tailgating is welcomed.
Food and beverages will be available for purchase near the practice field. Food also will be available in the Lambeau Field atrium, including 1919 Kitchen & Tap. The restaurant-bar opens at 11 a.m. and closes late night.
FAMILY NIGHT SCRIMMAGE
The padded practice will be held Saturday, Aug. 5. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., with warmups beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Practice starts at 7:30.
Tickets priced at $10 for this year's practice at the stadium went on sale June 28. As of July 23, many single seats were still available. Parking in the Lambeau Field lot is $5, with 100 percent of the proceeds donated to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.
The Pick ‘N Save Family Night Picnic will be 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Lambeau Field’s east-side parking lot. The American Family DreamZone will provide activities for fans beginning at 1:30 p.m.
A jersey giveaway and fireworks/laser show will conclude the evening. No refunds will be given unless all stadium activities from 5:30 through the fireworks are canceled.
It has been a tradition for players either to walk or ride on kids' bicycles to and from practice, and coach Mike McCarthy encourages the practice. Youngsters with bikes are encouraged to line up in at the American Family Insurance DreamDrive outside of the Oneida Nation Gate at least 20 minutes before practice and on the street just north of Nitschke Field after practice.
Many players then pick a bike to ride, with the youngster hitching a ride on the back of the bike or running alongside. The biking tandems have about 100 yards more to cover with the move to Nitschke Field.
The American Family Insurance DreamZone, located at the Johnsonville Tailgate Village outside the Oneida Nation Gate, is an interactive area for fans of all ages and runs July 27-August 5. A skills challenge and a toddler station will be among the offerings, as well as Chalk Talks, an area where Packers alumni and special guests will speak about pursuing one's dreams. The schedule of speakers is available online. The Johnsonville Tailgate Village, new to Lambeau Field this summer, was intended as a spot for Packers fans to gather on gamedays and other events.
Last summer, the Packers introduced the Future Lambeau Leapers Autographs program for fans ages 12 and younger. The event took place at the Don Hutson Center for about 20-30 minutes and gave youngsters the opportunity to meet and greet players and potentially get autographs.
The Packers offered the event in late July 2016 over four days. However, the team has not yet indicated whether the program will be available this summer, or when the events might be held.
Other opportunities for autograph-seekers present themselves as players head to and from practice.
The Packers Pro Shop was expanded from 9,000 to 21,500 square feet before reopening in July 2014. Hours may vary, but are typically 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9-8 Friday, 9-6 Saturday and 10-5 Sunday. It is located inside the Lambeau Field atrium.
HALL OF FAME
The Packers Hall of Fame includes 15,000 square feet and spans two levels in the Lambeau Field atrium. Hall of Fame hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10-5 on Sunday. Prices for the Hall of Fame are: adults (18-61): $15; seniors (62-plus): $12; military: $12; youth (12-17): $12; student: $12; children (6-11): $9 and (5 and under): free.
Guided stadium tours are divided into four distinct categories known as the Classic Stadium Tour, Champions Tour, Legendary Tour and Alumni Tour. The tours vary in time from one hour to 90 minutes or two hours. Prices also vary by tour. A limited number of tickets are sold online. Tickets in the atrium are sold on a first-come, first-served basis for each day's tours. They often sell out. For specific tour time information call (920) 569-7512 (press 1).
Combined tickets for both the Hall of Fame and stadium tours are available.
Titletown District is a 35-acre commercial, recreational and residential development immediately west of Lambeau Field. Hinterland Brewery, Lodge Kohler hotel and spa, and Bellin Health Sports Medicine & Orthopedics clinic anchor the development and are now open. The district will also include a 10-acre park and plaza with an NFL-sized football field, a sledding hill and ice skating pond, promenades, game areas and playgrounds. The sledding hill area will turn into a picnic spot in the warmer months. The park and plaza are scheduled to open in mid-September.
Training camp rosters must be cut to 53 players by 3 p.m. Sept. 2. After 12 p.m. Sept. 3, clubs may establish a practice squad of up to 10 players.
Perhaps the best places are the team's websites, packers.com and lambeaufield.com. The latest alterations in the practice schedule will be available there. Fans also can obtain daily reports on times and attractions by calling (920) 569-7502. There also is a fan assistance kiosk located near the practice field.
The team's guest relations desk in the atrium generally will be staffed Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from 9-5 on Saturday and Sunday.
July 26: Players report
July 27: 8:15 a.m.
July 28: 8:15 a.m.
July 29: 8:15 a.m.
July 30: No practice
July 31: 8:15 a.m.
Aug. 1: 8:15 a.m.
Aug. 2: No practice
Aug. 3: 6:15 p.m.
Aug. 4: 6:15 p.m.
Aug. 5: Family Night, 6:25 p.m.
Aug. 6: No practice
Aug. 7: 12:15 p.m.
Aug. 8: 11:45 a.m.
Aug. 9: No public practice
Aug. 10: vs. Eagles, 7 p.m.
Aug. 11: No practice
Aug. 12: No practice
Aug. 13: No public practice
Aug. 14: No practice
Aug. 15: 12:15 p.m.
Aug. 16: 11:45 a.m.
Aug. 17: No practice
Aug. 18: No public practice
Aug. 19: at Redskins, 6:30 p.m.
Aug. 20: No practice
Aug. 21: No practice
Aug. 22: 12:15 p.m.
Aug. 23: 11:45 a.m.
Aug. 24: No practice
Aug. 25: No public practice
Aug. 26: at Broncos, 8 p.m.
Aug. 27: No practice
Aug. 28: No public practice
Aug. 29: 11:45 a.m.
Aug. 30: No public practice
Aug. 31: vs. Rams, 6 p.m.